Disrupting the timing of Wolbachia-induced male-killing.

  title={Disrupting the timing of Wolbachia-induced male-killing.},
  author={Sylvain Charlat and Neil Davies and George K. Roderick and Gregory D D Hurst},
  journal={Biology letters},
  volume={3 2},
Several lineages of maternally inherited symbionts have evolved the ability to kill infected females' sons, a phenomenon known as male-killing. Male-killing varies in its timing, from early (death during embryogenesis) to late (mortality of late larval instars). Following the observation that treatment of male-killer infected adult females Hypolimnas bolina with tetracycline, a bacteriostatic antibiotic, produces a delay in the timing of male death, we hypothesized that early male-killers… CONTINUE READING


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